Dan Reiland on Why Guests Return To Your Church

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

·         Why guests return to your church is not a mystery. While we can’t determine all the reasons why people to choose whether or not they come back, there are some clear practices that strongly influence their decision.

·         Emphasize personal contact after big church days. On days like Easter when your church is filled with guests, take time to write a personal note or make a phone call to thank them for coming and invite them back next week.

·         Keep going. Dan talks about his continued love of running and how aging has slowed him down but hasn’t stopped him from hitting the road. An important lesson for your leadership, as well as your physical help.


The number of guests you serve matters less than how you serve each guest. This conversation with Dan reminds us that any church can do a great job at encouraging people to come back and get involved in the life and work that Jesus has given us together.

Sabbath. More Than A Metal Band.

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

If you’re going to thrive and find the endurance you need, you must embrace your limits and learn to rest. Nobody has higher expectations of you than you have of yourself. Choose to listen to God’s voice encouraging you to rest, rather than the voice in your head that demands that you keep working.

Sympathy or Empathy? That Is The Question...

Brief Overview:

In the first of four episodes on how healthy leaders use their smartphones, Matt and Tal show you the possibilities of using your smartphone in a different way. In the face of increased concerns about the holistic impact of smartphone use, healthy leaders are reimagining their relationship with their phone.

Benefits of Better Smartphone Use:

  • Heightened sense of security and gratitude. Research shows that smartphone use increases the risk of loneliness and depression. Mentally healthy leaders limit the time they spend on their phone.

  • Improved sleep. Your phone emits a level of radiation that disrupts the quality of your sleep. Physically healthy leaders keep their phone in another room at night.

  • Better connections in relationships. Our relationships are damaged by decreased eye contact as we scroll our phones. Relationally healthy leaders set boundaries on their phones when they’re spending time with people. 

  • Better able to hear God. Your phone creates an untold number of distractions from the time you spend listening to God through the Scriptures and responding in prayer. Spiritually healthy leaders consider the cost of using your phone to fuel your relationship with God.

  • More productive at work. Your productivity will increase and you will feel better at the end of the day if you are not glued to your phone. Vocationally healthy leaders limit their access to work-related apps on their phone. 

Pastor Duke Kwon on Small Steps Towards Cross-Cultural Community

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

We live in the tension between God’s ‘already’ and ‘not yet.’ One day, the Church will live forever with God in the beauty of diversity. And while that day is not today, you and I can pray and dream and take small steps towards God’s preferred future.

Barnabas Piper on Doubt, Curiosity and Preachers’ Kids

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

Being curious and leaving room for doubt is a critical secret of healthy leadership. Not only is it vital to cultivate that kind of culture in your church, it’s important that you give yourself permission to live this out yourself.

Secret #12: Should Men Who Are Church Leaders Learn From Women?

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

  • Our heroes have feet of clay. With gratitude and respect for the work and legacy of John Piper, his conviction that female professors should not teach in seminary is both extra-biblical and unhelpful. 
  • Men are underdeveloped without the help and wisdom of women. Issues get ignored. Perspectives go unchallenged. And roles and relationships in a local church don’t thrive.
  • Learning from women is easier than you think. Take the initiative to listen to the women already around you. Learn from women you agree with. Learn from women you disagree with. 

As we ride a wave of gender equality (#metoo), Christian leaders should be at the forefront based on the ontological equality of men and women. But history tells us that men do not intentionally listen and learn from women leaders without a push in the right direction. Consider this your nudge.

Secret #11: How Healthy Churches Respond To Sexual Abuse Allegations

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

Few challenges are greater in a church than a leader accused of sexual abuse or sexual assault. Churches consistently rush to conclusions rather than take appropriate measures to protect everyone and pursue justice. This episode provides a step-by-step plan for turning intention into reality.

Secret #10 - A Simple Way to Lose Fat and Live Longer

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

From our perspective, the biggest hang up to walking is the perception that it’s not strenuous enough. Leaders are notorious for believing that the only way to achieve good results is to take the hardest path. Let me modify it for you - the best path is the smartest path, not necessarily that which is most treacherous. When it comes to walking, simple, slow and steady wins the race. 

Jason Cook on Calling and Pastoring a Multi-Ethnic Church

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

  • The Gospel and Race. Issues of racism (personal or systemic) or building communities that cross the lines of race are not incidental to the gospel. They are not implications. They are at the heart of the good news of Jesus.
  • The Role of Women in the Development of Pastors. Anyone training for vocational ministry in seminary needs both men and women to help develop the competence and character necessary to pastor well.
  • The Hard Road to Becoming a Multiethnic Church. The road to diversity is littered with well-meaning majority culture churches who hire a single person of color on their staff as the solution to their problems. Becoming a more diverse church will require patience and persistence.

Consider the cost. It is one thing to see the good news of God’s people. It’s another thing to develop the conviction that people are equal, regardless of the color of their skin. But living and leading in that direction will not happen without a cost. Be wise and get ready. The road is bumpy and the climb is steep.

Yancey Arrington on Preaching That Moves People

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

  • Tribal Preaching. Our theology, philosophy, and methodology of preaching find common ground with others who share our convictions. Finding and actively engaging our tribe helps strengthen our resolve and clarify convictions. However…
  • No tribe has all the answers. Each tribe’s approach to preaching contains both wisdom and flaws. We need to learn broadly to shore up weaknesses and reduce our blind spots.
  • Preach to the heart. Preachers must be winsome, not only contending for truth but compelling their listeners to respond by preaching to their heart. 

Preaching the gospel of Jesus in every sermon from the biblical text is a hallmark of Christian preaching. And because this news is so good - almost too good to be true - each of us who preach should consistently refocus our efforts on the motivational structure of people's hearts.

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